Tantrum Youth Arts presents
Sorry To Cut You Off, Penny
A new theatre work about four young women and one election night they may want to forget.
In 2019, Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble collaborated with award-winning Melbourne-based theatre maker David Williams.
Sorry To Cut You Off, Penny invited audiences to a dinner party on Federal Election Night 2019 at a share house in Maitland NSW.
Four young women met to share food and stories, to dance and celebrate a nation on the brink of transformation.
On the menu: Piping hot Potatoes a la Dutton with a side of Malcolm Tabouli.
On the TV: Senator Penny Wong is interrupted for the eighth time.
Throughout the night, the political became personal. Optimism mixed with apathy, feminism mixed with fury, and disappointment mixed with vegan chocolate cake.
It was Don’s Party meets Top Girls. In Maitland, Australia in 2019.
With David, the Ensemble explored the relationship between young people and activism. As members of a generation largely considered as apathetic yet with the means to mobilise a movement from their fingertips, ensemble members considered their position as activists. When do we make a noise and when do we shut up? Who’s even listening anyway?
By investigating movements on a local and global scale (e.g., Marriage Equality, March for Our Lives, etc.), the Ensemble drew from public documents, transcripts and interviews to devise a new documentary theatre work about when and how young people make change.
The resulting piece premièred in September at PACT, Sydney before returning to Newcastle for a season at the Civic Playhouse.
Created by: Alana McGaughey, Meg O’Hara, Phoebe Turnbull and Daynah Simmons in collaboration with David Williams.
Performed by: Alana McGaughey, Meg O’Hara, Phoebe Turnbull and Daynah Simmons.
Trajectory Ensemble is an annual program of professional development for emerging artists interested in collaborative, process-driven performance making. Each year, the project is facilitated by a professional artist to create and present a daring new performance work, while supporting participants to develop their own sustainable practice. The Ensemble is open to artists aged 18-26 or within their first 5 years of professional practice.